Black and White

Heart-a-Day #2: Op Art Heart

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Pablo Picasso

It has taken me much soul searching and trial and error to realize that life is not always black or white.  As hard as I try to make it that way, there is always gray.  But the gray area for me is where creativity begins.  When I accept that a lesson I’ve planed to teach is not black or white, I give myself permission to add the creative shades to it.  For example, I can begin with a counting song before I start the lesson on addition. Or we can act out a story once we have listened to it.  We can go outside and count the sunflowers that are growing in the garden, then draw a picture of them. A week later, we can check to see if there are more flowers. I know the most important thing for me to do is add some small creative touches to make the lesson enjoyable for me and for the students.

What can you do to add  creativity to a lesson?  Can your students draw a picture of how a book or story made them feel?  Can your class create a rap, poem, or song to practice math and science concepts?  Try something small and see where it takes you.  Have fun!


(Access to these photographs does not constitute a transfer of copyright or a license for commercial use.  The images are for personal use only.  No portion of the images can be used without the expressed written permission of Michael B. Stanley, Jr.)



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I am an artist, musician, author and kindergarten teacher wanting to share what I have learned about teaching and making art.

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